Perumbavoor: Mollywood star Mohanlal faced a major setback in the illegal ivory possession case as the forest department made a volte-face after seven years. On Friday, the forest department named Mohanlal as accused in the case and filed the chargesheet before the first class magistrate court here.
Earlier, the forest department officials asserted that Mohanlal will not be named as an accused in the case. But they changed their stance in the chargesheet. The case was registered in 2012.
Earlier, the government had permitted Mohanlal to possess the ivory when Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnana was the forest minister. As per the government order, Principal Forest Conservator has issued a possession certificate of ivory to the actor.
But a Kochi native has moved a petition before the court by questioning the order. This petition is under consideration of the court.
The High Court also expressed disappointment over the delay in settling the case which was registered in 2012. The court also directed the forest department to inform the reason for the delay within three weeks.
The forest department which had taken a stand in favour of Mohanlal has now made a volte-face in the case. Earlier, the department officials stated that the case will not come under the wildlife protection act.
At the same time, experts opined that the volte-face of the department will favour the actor in the case.